Andre Gregory (born May 11, 1934, New York City) is an American director and actor.
During the 1960s and 1970s, Gregory directed a number of avant-garde productions developed through ensemble collaboration, the most famous of which was Alice (1970), based on Alice in Wonderland. In 1975 he directed Our Late Night, the first produced play by Wallace Shawn, which established a long working relationship between the two. Shortly afterward, Gregory's growing misgivings about the role of theatre in modern life, and what he felt was a trend toward fascism in the United States, led him to abandon theatre abruptly and soon to leave the country. As described in My Dinner with Andre, he traveled to Poland on an invitation from Jerzy Grotowski, developed a number of experimental theatrical events for private audiences, and then spent several years in a variety of esoteric spiritual communities, developing an interest in what could be described as New Age beliefs.
Since his retirement, Gregory has...
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Vanya on 42nd Street is a 1994 film by Louis Malle and Andre Gregory. The film is an intimate, interpretive performance of the play Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov based on the English translation by David Mamet. The film starred actors Wallace Shawn and Julianne Moore. Over the course of three years, director Andre Gregory and a group of actors came together on a voluntary basis in order to better understand Chekhov's work through performance workshops. Staged and filmed entirely within the vacant shell of the then-abandoned and decrepit Amsterdam Theater on 42nd street in New York City, they enacted the play rehearsal style on a bare stage with the actors in street clothes. Free from any commercial demands, their performances were for an invited audience only. Gregory and Malle decided to document the play as they had developed it. The film was the result of the collaborative process.
Workshop rehearsals with Gregory and the cast originally took place at the abandoned Victory...,
Protocol is a 1984 comedy film that starred Goldie Hawn and Chris Sarandon. Goldie Hawn plays a Washington, D.C., cocktail waitress who prevents the assassination of a visiting Arab Emir, winds up a national heroine and is offered a job with the United States Department of State as a Protocol official as a reward. Unbeknownst to her however, there is more than gratitude to thank for her good fortune, and she becomes an unwilling pawn in political dealings, albeit with hilarious results. Sunny Ann Davis is a seemingly ditzy blonde who works as a cocktail waitress in Washington DC. She rents a small room in the home of a gay couple, has a lousy lovelife and drives a rust bucket of a car that she cannot afford to repair. When the movie begins, she has the misfortune of having the car break down on a major road, blocking the route of a diplomatic convoy that is travelling to The White House. Unsympathetic to Sunny's predicament, the Diplomatic Security Service treat the incident as a...
My Dinner with Andre is a 1981 movie starring Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, written by Gregory and Shawn, and directed by Louis Malle.The film consists almost entirely of a long conversation between two acquaintances in a chic restaurant in New York City. It is based largely on actual conversations between Gregory and Shawn, and covers such subjects as experimental theatre, the nature of theatre, and the nature of reality. The movie was filmed in the then-abandoned Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. The dialogue contrasted Shawn's modest down-to-earth humanism against Gregory's extravagant spiritual experiences and fantasies. Although the film was based on actual events in the actors' lives, Shawn and Gregory denied (in an interview by film critic Roger Ebert) that they were playing themselves, and stated that if they remade the film they would swap the two characters to prove their point.The Boston Society of Film Critics Awards awarded the film the title "Best American Film"...,
Andre Gregory was born in New York, New York, United States